German Chancellor Kohl met with President Clinton in Washington. Expanding NATO and ties with Russia were expected to top the agenda. Kohl also planned to meet with Speaker Gingrich and Senator Dole. US officials said they expected no dramatic announcements. Defense Secretary Perry told a House committee Wednesday that many of the former Soviet-bloc counties will never become full NATO members.
Russian and Ukraine agreed to divide the Black Sea fleet, and Ukraine will allow Russia to base its part of the fleet in Sevastopol, officials said. A formal declaration will be signed within two months, with details to be worked out later.
An Israeli-PLO summit ended with no agreements reached, both sides said. A Palestinian spokesman called the situation "a crisis," but an Israeli negotiator denied this and said the two sides would meet again next week. PLO leader Arafat reportedly accused Israel of delaying expansion of Palestinian rule and complained about the closure of the West Bank and Gaza following a Jan. 22 suicide bombing that killed 21 Israelis. Israel demanded a larger crackdown on opponents of the peace accords. (Arafat's survival, Page 1.) Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Rabin dropped hints that he was willing to withdraw from most of the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria.
Rescuers continued digging out survivors of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit Colombia. At press time, 37 people were reported killed and about 230 injured in and near Pereira, a city of 700,000 people. It was the third major temblor to strike Colombia since last June.
Peru and Ecuador's two-week-old border conflict has cost each nation between $100 million and $400 million and could roll back economic gains, economists said. Quito and Lima each accuse the other of starting the fighting. (Story, Page 6.)
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